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Sir Henry Seton-Karr CMG DL (5 February 1853 – 29 May 1914) was an English explorer, hunter and author and a Conservative politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1885 to 1906.

Sir Henry Carba Seton-Karr
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Born(1853-02-05)5 February 1853
Died29 May 1914(1914-05-29) (aged 61)
Resting placeMount Hermon Cemetery, Sillery, Quebec, Canada
Alma materCorpus Christi College, Oxford (MA)
OccupationExplorer, hunter, author, politician
Spouse(s)Edith Eliza Pilkington (1880–1884) (her death)
Jane Jarvie Thorburn (1886–1914) (his death)

Seton-Karr was the son of George Berkeley Seton-Karr, of the Indian Civil Service; and his wife Eleanor, the daughter of Henry Usborne of Branches Park, Suffolk. He was educated at Harrow School and Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford gaining an MA in Law and was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1879.[1] Seton-Karr owned a cattle ranch (Pick Ranch) in Wyoming, USA and was a director of Capitol Freehold Land and Investment Co.[2] He was an explorer, big game hunter and writer.

Seton-Karr was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for St Helens in the 1885 general election and held the seat until his defeat at the 1906 general election.[3] He did not stand again in St Helens, but at the January 1910 general election he stood unsuccessfully in Berwickshire.[4]

He became a Deputy Lieutenant of Roxburghshire in 1896,[5] and was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in October 1902.[6]

On 11 November 1880 Seton-Karr married Edith Eliza Pilkington (1860-1886), daughter of William Roby Pilkington and Elizabeth Lee Watson of Roby Hall, Liverpool. They had three children: George Bernard (born 12 September 1881), Malcolm Henry (born 21 October 1882) and Edith Muriel (born 1884). Both George and Edith Muriel died in their teens. After the death of his wife in 1884, he remarried in 1886 to Jane Jarvie Thorburn (1862-1953). They had two children: Helen Mary (born 6 October 1888) and Kenneth William (born 21 March 1897).

Seton-Karr died in Canada's greatest maritime disaster when the Empress of Ireland sank in the St. Lawrence River when he was returning to England from a hunting trip in British Columbia.[7] He was interred at the Mount Hermon Cemetery, Sillery.


  • "How I Shot My Lions" in Everybody's Magazine January 1900
  • My Sporting Holidays 1904
  • Chapter in Early American Big Game Hunting 1905
  • Shores and Alps of Alaska. 1887


  1. ^ Seton-Karr, Sir Henry. Who Was Who. 1920–2014 (April 2014 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 30 May 2014. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  2. ^ Debretts Guide to the House of Commons 1886
  3. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 177. ISBN 0-900178-27-2.
  4. ^ Craig, op. cit., page 531
  5. ^ "No. 26797". The London Gazette. 24 November 1896. p. 6510.
  6. ^ "No. 27490". The London Gazette. 31 October 1902. p. 6910.
  7. ^ Find a Grave

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for St Helens
Succeeded by
Thomas Glover